(The article was first published in Dash Magazine, New Delhi, October, 2007)
Shyam Benegal has dared to enrich cinematic landscape by making movies loaded with radical ideas. For example, in his movie Ankur he was successful in giving the impression that it’s not impossible to to turn the tables in society dominated by feudalistic perceptions. The movie successfully portrayed that awakening among the common people would alone bring revolutionary changes. His movies mainly centered around social and political dilemmas. His movie Manthan, which went on to win National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi in 1977 was based on White Revolution of India (Operation Flood). Interestingly, the story was penned by none other than Dr. Verghese Kurien, hailed as the Father of the White Revolution in India.
One can notice that Shyam Benegal was a sensitive filmmaker moved by the plight of the underprivileged. His movies dealt with the power of common man and his ability to emerge successful in society governed by anti-human tendencies. In movie Manthan we find that poor farmers in Gujarat, learn to rise above individualistic tendencies to form the Co-operative Milk Producers’ Union. The film highlights the impact of caste-politics found in Indian villages.
This maker of New or Alternate Cinema chose to flirt with complex themes in a masterly way. His movie Bhumika dealt with trials and tribulations of a woman in search of suitable place for herself in society dotted with so many prejudices. Smita Patil once again played her part perfectly to highlight the various shades of Usha, the movie actress in love with various men, even with a married person much older than her age! One of the best things about Shyam Benegal is that he not only explores bold themes but also at the same time keeps experimenting with the style which sometimes makes us remind of Satyajit Ray. Nishant, Mandi and Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda (1993) prove that point quite well. Interestingly, Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda is a novel penned by well known Hindi writer Dharmavir Bharati, who hailed from Allahabad.
As a matter of fact, he tried to force viewers to don the thinking cap by bringing to the fore various shades of problems plaguing the society. He helped many actors, including Smita Patil and Naseruddin Shah, to name a few, to carve a niche for themselves in the world of realistic cinema. However, having said that, let me state that directors of Parallel cinema are responsible for failing to interpret the mood of viewers with the changing times. Though it’s an uphill task to project complex themes in lighter vein, the art to present complex themes in a palatable way has to be learnt by the movie-makers. This has been learnt quite well by directors like Shekhar Kapoor and Kundan Shah but most of them have struggled to give way to flexibility.
It’s a harsh reality that satellite channels and Doordarshan have been held hostage to a variety of cheap entertainment- all in the name of catering to the taste of new generation. To bring a change, it’s necessary that art filmmakers learn to blend their serious themes with interesting styles. Needles to state that Shyam Benegal has the capacity to set a good precedent in this regard as well.
Shyam Benegal: http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/southasia/index.html
I am neither misogynist nor anti-feminist, and not even a Men’s Rights Activist (MRA). Many of my friends working for these organisations feel I should be one like them in a formal way, but being on a different route, I prefer not to identify with any organization, be they ones from spiritual or political background. So it would be useless to measure the worth of author’s views as someone acting as mouthpiece of any organization. Let’s not forget that to come up with entirely different set of facts, a different version of reality not in tune with set patterns, is not bizarre. On the contrary, it’s the result of having viewed the world from close angles! An open mind would certainly realize it. To follow a different route does not make anyone regressive, biased, much less a Talibani with a capacity to issue a fatwa! Ridiculous assertion!
Why should every analyst of our times present a syrupy version of happenings taking place in world of present times women, wherein “every bad thing any man has ever committed highlighted and exaggerated; every bit of good systematically undermined, vilified or ignored”? It’s only that I feel inclined to represent the cause of men, not out sense of any “same gender” feeling but only from justice point of view, which demands that other side should also be heard well. It’s the other side of the fence that I am presenting with total sincerity, different perspective and neutral stance !
कुछ नहीं दिखता था अंधेरे में मगर, आंखें तो थीं,
ये कैसी रोशनी आई कि सब अंधे हो गए।।
(Though we cannot see in dark with our eyes,
It’s strange that we cannot see even as there is light around us)….
Feminism, as a movement, was started in late nineteenth century to demand female rights in society. “At the end of the nineteenth century was that women began to realize that it is unfair for them to be constantly under the power of men simply because the social system has traditionally favored males.” At this point, it’s inappropriate to discuss the impact of this movement in West, but this movement seems to have lost its impact there in modern times. May be because women have gained enough rights there but, in my eyes, it’s because both have realized well that battle of the sexes serves no purpose other than breeding animosity. “To know the road ahead, ask those coming back”.
The Indian women, who have misplaced beliefs that having all the rights ensures better days should, at least, have the guts to critically analyze the impact of such divisive and lethal movement in Western societies. Anyway, it’s better that I confine myself to Indian landscape. It’s better to understand the essential elements of Indian society, viewing it not through the myopic terms coined by the so-called progressive elements, but in a conscious way to tear apart the great game of gender equality. It’s interesting that many arguments have been forwarded to show the worth of female mind. Many love to cite the growing academic excellence of Indian women as one of the parameters to upheld the intellectual superiority of women. However, wisdom and real understanding have nothing to do with academic excellence. Many of the great contributors, in fact, nearly all creative geniuses, were very poor in academic terms plus they were never part of institutionalized structures. I say that not to lessen the importance of academic excellence but to highlight the worth of education offered in Indian schools and universities, which are killing all the good elements which a child possesses.
The Indian society might have so-called patriarchal model but it’s a sheer diabolical myth that it was framed to suppress the position of women, much less, exploit the women. The Indian society has always been women-centered society. The concept like “”Ardhanareeswara”, aimed at equality of women, which ensured that Shiva without female principle “Shakti” means nothing, always made Indian women enjoy dignified position in Indian society. Even in modern Indian Hindu families, having a balanced and sensible approach, the women always gain upper hand in all issues. All important issues have her consent, wherein her views gain as much importance than any male member. Have a look at the marriage vows. They in clear terms ensure that women come to enjoy an equal ground.
Gribhnami te saubhagatvaya hastam mayapatya jardastirayathasah|
Bhagoaryyamma savita purandhiramahyam tvadurgaharpatya devah||
That is – “Oh dear! On this auspicious occasion of our life, I take your hand in mine in the presence of invoked deities. Oh blessed woman! You be with me as a fortunate partner for a very long time. I hand over the control of my family in your hands, discharge your duties joyously.”
It’s a fallacious assertion that men enjoyed privileges in past while the women remained an oppressed lot. “Society is largely constructed for the benefit of women and children and always has been, otherwise it doesn’t survive. …It takes a gigantic lack of imagination (usually the sole province of baby feminists) to believe that women wanted the economic and political involvement they claim now when the demands and risks of these endeavours were as they were then (ancient times)”. The Indian society is also no exception. It’s always portrayed as if women in the past were some sort of domestic slaves, devoid of any sort of right to decide by themselves. Well, such a claim can only be made by people who have not bothered to know Indian society in its entirety. Even the most ancient ladies in Indian history had the right to chose their husbands via a ceremony called Swyamvara. The women were well versed in scriptural knowledge and many among them were qualified scholars.
True, with advent of time many of the glorious traditions (the great spirit which led to their origin) faded away to give way to their corrupt versions. It would not be out of place to mention that practice like dowry was basically the Streedhan to ensure that a woman is “not left wanting anything after the wedding”. The impression of men being unconcerned about the rights of women is quite powerfully projected but lesser known aspect is that men have played an instrumental role in any movement aimed at improvement of women. The greatest example in this category is abolition of Sati Pratha and banning of child marriages. Anyway, the division in labour in Indian society was done by the sages, who played an impartial role while framing laws related with basic structure of Indian society. It favoured none.
Had Indian society been truly patriarchal in nature, as suggested by new age scholars, it would have never led to emergence of bold Indian women who always played equal role in Indian society. Be they queens of ancient era, or the women freedom fighters of pre-Independence era, the Indian women played a significant role. It would not have been possible had women been denied the right to make choices. The modern Indian society is facing new set of complexities but the solution is not devaluation of ancient practices. The empowerment of Indian women does not mean women be entitled to make arbitrary choices on the grounds that men also did the same! In fact, it presupposes that men enjoyed unlimited freedom of all sorts. It’s totally false and erroneous notion. Their choices were also determined by the prescribed rules, keeping in mind the interests of women and children. Let’s be clear that the empowerment of women does not mean to give way to propaganda that “women alone have sufferings and women alone have problems in life”.
At present, the situation has become pretty confusing and dangerous for the growth of Indian society. The men are being repeatedly portrayed as abusers, leading to anti-family and anti-marriage laws. Indeed, there are problems related with Indian women but then effective measures in form of stringent laws are already there to take note of them. There are many institutions to take care of plight of women, whose recommendations have led to new rules, fresh amendments and etc. in form of Domestic Violence Act, Dowry Act and Maintenance Act, to name a few. In Vishaka v. State of Rajasthan, the Supreme Court of India in 1997 laid down the guidelines to ensure that sexual harassment at the workplace does not take place, which resulted in framing of the “The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Bill, 2012”. The problems pertaining to women are being systematically dealt with, and much of the problems have not arisen out of lack of concern for the cause of women in Indian society, but because of lack of effective implementation. So it’s really shrewd to suggest that patriarchal society favours men!
Let’s understand that in name of personal freedom and personal choices one cannot give way to lifestyle which ensures conflicts and dilemmas of disturbing nature. A choice has to be in league with prevalent norms and customs. Or else, women need to effectively satisfy that their choices would not lead to turbulent state of affairs. There is nothing like absolute freedom. She has to convince what would be the state of affairs in such a society, which allows women unrestricted freedom in name of personal choices? That’s because, if there comes no plausible explanation, and still we went in for such a society, it would be hard to wipe out the new set of complexities. That’s the case in other parts of the hemisphere. To see the resistance offered by men, or by the people belonging to old order of living patterns as an attempt to hold back the privileges enjoyed in the patriarchal set-up is not the right interpretation. It’s also not fear to lose the power or monopoly. On the contrary, it’s an attempt to prevent the citadels of society from crumbling down.
It’s simply not issue of having choices/making choices in free manner; it’s more about long term consequences of having choices, which indicate the high probability of single women, pills, abortions, extra-marital relations, same-sex relations, stress-related burdens, broken families, deviant kids and etc.? What about the dangerous interference in the evolutionary process, wherein for ages men played the role of protector and women the role of nurturing the kids? With this kind of perverted “role reversal”, are’t we on the wrong track? One of my friends, during gender related conversation, referring to Sunita Williams ( as if only after that Indian women learnt the art to make exceptional choices) stated that she did not have kids for the sake of work! It would be suffice to say that if all women made such a choice, it would not be hard to imagine the fate of evolution of human species! However, this is classic example of selective approach, wherein a woman seeks benefits of traditional society when she feels trapped by her weaknesses but she is absolutely modern when it comes to making choices and rights. That’s paradox at its best since.
After all, it involves taming of the men species to ensure that inequality gets reduced! That has begun in a cruel fashion. Men are now supposed to do something which is never their strength, and a retaliatory gesture on their part is enough to get them the tag of being an abuser and an oppressor! Who will bear the consequences of “placing men and women in a conflicting role and creating confusion in values”? But that’s still not as ominous as an attempt to create a society which denies even the right to protest on part of men. “Under cover of the notion of chivalry, as understood by Modern Feminism, Political and Sentimental Feminists alike would deprive men of the most elementary rights of self-defence against women and would exonerate the latter practically from all punishment for the most dastardly crimes against men. They know they can rely upon the support of the sentimental section of public opinion with some such parrot cry of: “Treat a woman in this way!”/ “What! Hit a woman!”.
It’s interesting that women learnt to move out of their houses, refusing to remain confined to prison like state of affairs within the home, and began to notice that world outside is a different affair altogether. It missed the “having all the pleasure factor” which they had assumed prevailed in men’s life as they began to venture outside. The world would remain a hell’s replica and it would not going to change whether women remains inside the home or moves outside, fulfilling their aspirations and dreams in fullest manner. However, having said that, let’s make the world safer and better for the women community. Nobody said that problems pertaining to women’s life, be they of any type, sexual assault, low wages, discrimination, should be ignored.
What I wish to suggest is that while dealing with women’s issues, the gender politics should not get mixed with the reforms. An attempt to distort the intimate relationship with men and women should not become the prime motive in guise of welfare. Sadly, that’s how one feels while analyzing the current state of affairs, wherein right from biological facts, psychological facts and legal truths, all are being selectively quoted, or quoted in perverted manner to suit the vested interests acting as agents of change in world of women.
That’s why all conscious souls, interested in right developments, should become alert when “there is no distinction between potential and probability. An allegation suffices for proof. Hearsay is taken for gospel.” (Charles E. Corry). Rohan, Men’s Rights activist, Bangalore, conveys the same sentiments in a different way: ” Women have the right to be seated when in a bus or in a train. They have the right to 50% reservation in govt. jobs and academics. They have the right to claim alimony and maintenance, even in a live-in relationship. They have only rights and men only have duties. This is called equality, according to feminazis.”
Precisely, it’s for the very same reason it has become need of the hour to present the happenings taking place in world of men in an aggressive and conscious manner. The happier side of the movements aimed to improve the life of women has been “demolition of the idea that women are inherently nice”. The thing that’s now taking place is that discrimination and abuse stories related with women are being presented both in right and wrong way, with help of paid media. Facts, right and wrong, are flowing thick and past to show that how women have been underprivileged and suppressed lot. No one is bothered to check either the authenticity of facts nor the source, forget about probing them from wide angles.
Anyway, since all this is happening in the name of ensuring a better world for women, I am but compelled to endorse them. But with a condition and appeal: Let’s also reveal the true picture of the sufferings, pains, humiliation, torture faced by men side-by-side the stories which talk about sufferings of women, with the same honesty and intensity! That alone will bring the true story, true picture. At present, we are witnessing with abuse stories related with women only. That’s unfair to hear/see only one side in any story and jump to flawed conclusions applicable to totality.
Why such a wish irks those concerned with rights of women? Will society be a better place only if you enable the women to have all the rights? Why shouldn’t the rights of men be discussed in the same breath? Why should not adequate attention be paid to silent sufferings of men? It leaves me aghast that tragedies, stories of discrimination associated with men, their precarious state of affairs being involved in hazardous and tough activities and regular interaction with dilemmas and ironies of peculiar type are being talked about in matter-of-fact tones. Worse, any attempt to bring the truth get checkmated by giving the impression that since men are about to lose the power, lose the privileges, these are reactionary backlash. That’s an absurd and fleeting observation. The right interpretation is that men have now begun to get organized to make “gender equality” attain a right shape, a right balance, a right proportion. And this would never stop.
P.S.: Many thanks to my friend, Rohan, whose views I have borrowed from the conversation we had on Instablogs on one of my posts having the same theme. He is Men’s Rights Activist hailing from Bangalore.
Society Always Tilted Towards Women
कहते तो है कि भारतीय गणतंत्र बड़ी उम्मीदें जगाता है विश्व के उन कोनो में जहाँ और सरकारें तमाम तरीको के विरोधाभासों में लिपटी हुई है। उनके लिए भारत में गणतंत्र का लोप एक खतरे के घंटी से कम नहीं है। खासकर जब चीन से तुलना की जाती है तो ये जरूर दर्शा दिया जाता है कि वह पे कितनी दमनकारी व्यवस्था है जहा लोगो पे जुर्म तो होते है, लोगो को सताया तो जाता है लेकिन सेंसरशिप की वजह से कुछ सामने नहीं आ पाता। पडोसी मुल्क पाकिस्तान में फैली अराजकता को देखे जो वैश्विक आतंकवाद का पालन पोषण करने वाला है तो अपना देश किसी स्वर्ग से कम नहीं लगता। तो क्या परिस्थितयां वाकई इस देश में इतनी सुधरी है? लगता तो नहीं है अगर हम सूक्ष्म निगाहों से देखे तो।
इसकी एक वजह ये है कि इस देश में सरकार जरूर आम लोगो के दम से बनती है लेकिन उसका आम लोगो के दुःख दर्द से इसका कोई सरोकार नहीं। एक दिखावटी लगाव जरूर है लेकिन वह मूलतः अपने को सत्ता में बनाये रखने भर का जुगाड़ भर है बस। ये कैसी बिडम्बना है कि जिस सरकार ने गरीबी हटाओ का लक्ष्य दिया उसी ने इमरजेंसी भी थोपी इस देश में। सारी संवैधानिक संस्थाओ को जानबूझकर कमजोर किया गया। ये उस सरकार के द्वारा किया गया जिसके नुमाइन्दे आज लोगो के सुरक्षा का दम भरते है। हमारी भोली जनता जनार्दन फटी शर्ट में हाथ में मोबाईल लिए ये समझती है कि हम किसी सुनहरी दुनिया में प्रवेश करने वाले है भविष्य में। इस मृग मरीचिका में भारत वासी उलझे हुए है। क्रिकेट, लौंडिया, बेतहाशा पैसा कमाने का जूनून किसी भी कीमत पर ये हमारे देश के नेशनल पैशन है। लोगो को की इस बात से परवाह नहीं है कि उनकी चमचमाती गाड़ी गाली गलौज, खुले मैनहोल और गड्ढो में सड़क पर चल रही है बढ़ी हुई पेट्रोल के कीमतों के साथ ही बढती रफ़्तार के साथ।
मार्कंडेय काटजू, भूतपूर्व सुप्रीम कोर्ट जज, लोगो को मूढ़ तो मानते है लेकिन ये जरूर दर्शा देते है कि साहब इस देश में असल शासन तो सिर्फ आम जनता का ही है। उनके हिसाब से यहाँ राजशाही नहीं प्रजातन्त्र है जहा हर अधिकारी जिसमे नेता और जज भी शामिल है आम आदमी का गुलाम भर है। ये नौकर है और आम आदमी उनका “मास्टर” है। जैसे काटजू साहब लोगो की क्षुद्र मानसिकता पर सवाल उठाते है उसी तरह मुझे भी समझ में नहीं आता कि इनके इतने हसीन इंटरप्रिटेशन को, इतने सिम्प्लिस्टिक अप्प्रोच को किस निगाहों से देखा जाए जहा पे किसी ख़ास पार्टी के गुंडे इसलिए पुलिस अधिकारी को अपनी जीप के पीछे लखनऊ के सडको पर घसीटते हुए ले गए थें कि उसने प्रतिरोध किया था उनके गलत तरीको का। या कोई अदना सा पुलिस का कांस्टेबल भी किसी प्रोफेसर को सडको पर माँ बहन की गालिया दे सकता है जरा सी बात पर। तो आम आदमी को क्या इज्ज़त मिलती होगी सरकारी चमचो से ये सहज ही सोचा जा सकता है। आप भी सोचे कि हमारा गणतंत्र कितना वास्तविक है जो मेरी नज़रो में अय्याशो और गुंडों पे टिका भीड़तंत्र है । धूमिल की ये पंक्तिया आज भी बहुत सटीक बैठती है:
“हर तरफ धुआं है
हर तरफ कुहासा है
जो दांतों और दलदलों का दलाल है
वही देशभक्त है
अंधकार में सुरक्षित होने का नाम है-
कायरता के चेहरे पर
सबसे ज्यादा रक्त है।
जिसके पास थाली है
हर भूखा आदमी
उसके लिए, सबसे भद्दी
हर तरफ कुआं है
हर तरफ खाईं है
यहां, सिर्फ, वह आदमी, देश के करीब है
जो या तो मूर्ख है
या फिर गरीब है”
इसके पहले मै बाल ठाकरे की शोक यात्रा में उमड़ी भीड़ के बारे में कुछ कहूँ ये समझ लेना आवश्यक रहेगा कि प्रजातंत्र में संख्या बल बड़ा मायने रखता है।प्रजातंत्र का आधार ही यही है कि जिसके पीछे जनता वही हीरो बाकी सब जीरो अब चाहे उसने नंगा करके अपने को भीड़ जुटाई है या सबको दारू रुपैय्या बाँट कर। पर भीड़ के दम पर ही लोकतंत्र चलता है अब चाहे जनप्रिय नेता की बात भीड़ के बीच में बैठे कल्लू को या मंच पे बैठे सेठ किरोड़ीमल को समझ में आ रही हो या ना आ रही हो इससें किसी को क्या मतलब। भीड़ में है यही बहुत है। यही लोकतंत्र का माडल है जिसकी लाठी उसकी भैंस, और जिसके पास सबसे ज्यादा लाठी उसके पास पूरा देश।
इस तर्क के हिसाब से चले तो अल्पसंख्यको के दम पर राजनीति करने वालो के मुंह पर ठाकरे साहब मर कर भी कस कर तमाचा लगाने से नहीं चूँके। बाल ठाकरे का मै कोई प्रशंसक नहीं क्योकि मूलतः मै उग्र विचारधारा का समर्थक नहीं हूँ क्योकि उग्रता इस देश का स्वभाव कभी नहीं रहा है। लेकिन आसुरी प्रवत्ति से लैस बढ़ते लोगो का झुण्ड, अल्पसंख्यको के नाम पर होते रोज तमाशे, हिन्दुओ में फैलती कायरता के चलते तहत ये आवश्यक हो गया है कि कुछ शेरदिल नेता पैदा तो हो जो अपनी दहाड़ से कम से कम हिन्दुओ का उत्साह तो कायम रख सके नहीं तो कोई लालटेन जलाकर, कोई हाथी भागकर, कोई साइकिल दौड़ाकर जनता को नित प्रतिदिन बेवकूफ बना कर भीड़ जुटा रहा है। ऐसे में कोई देश को बाटने वाली विभाजनकारी ताकतों को को उनकी ही भाषा में जवाब देकर भीड़ जुटा गया तो इसमें हो हल्ला मचाने की क्या जरूरत है। इसमें इतना आश्चर्यचकित कर देने वाली क्या बात है।
क्या इसके पहले भीड़ जुटते नहीं देखी किसी ने? आप ने चुनाव की रैली नहीं देखी क्या? मुफ्त में लखनऊ आयेंगे और नेताजी का भाषण सुने ना सुने चिड़ियाघर में शेर के दर्शन करना नहीं भूलेंगे। अगले दिन अखबार में नेताजी का कहिन और भीड़ की फोटु दोनों मौजूद होंगे। और पीछे जाए भारत छोड़ो आन्दोलन में लगभग पूरा देश उमड़ पड़ा था। जय प्रकाश नारायण के आहवान पर क्या भीड़ नहीं उमड़ी थी? खैर उस भीड़ के तत्त्व अलग थें। इस इक्कीसवी सदी के भारत में जब सब नेता स्विस बैंक प्रेमी हो गए है, जब नेता गरीबी को नहीं गरीब को ही हटा दे रहे है, आतंकवादी नेताओ का शह पाकर सलाखों के पीछे बिरयानी काट रहे है तो ऐसे में भीड़ के होने के मायने भी बदल गए है।
वैसे आश्चर्य है कि बहुत से लोग ठाकरे को साम्प्रदायिक राजनीति करने वाला, उकसाने वाली राजनीति करने का आरोपी मानते है इसलिए अछूत मानते हुए अल्संख्यको की नज़रो में सेक्युलर बनने के लिए शोक यात्रा में नहीं शामिल हुएँ। मै इन विवेकी नेताओ से ये जानना चाहूँगा कि कौन सा नेता सही राजनीति कर रहा है? कौन नहीं राजनीति की दूकान चला रहा है? तो शुचिता का पाठ ठाकरे या मोदी जैसे हिन्दू नेताओ पर ही क्यों लागू होता है? तो क्या अलगाववादी नेता जो कश्मीर में पंडितो को मारकर, भगाकर आज़ादी मांग रहे है इनके नेता के शोक सभा में होना चाहिए? या इन नेताओ के शोक सभा में होना चाहिए जो सबसे मेहनती मजदूर के नाम पर राजनीति कर रहे है। मजदूर तो वही झुग्गी झोपड़ी वाले रहे लेकिन ट्रेड यूनियन के नेता एयर कंडिशन्ड केबिनो में जा पहुंचे। तो इन नेताओ के मरने पर भीड़ जुटनी चाहिये? या इन “हाथ की सफाई” वाले नेताओ के मरने पर मजमा लगना चाहिए जिनके कुकर्मो की लिस्ट इतनी लम्बी है कि यमराज के आफिसवाले वाले भी ना पढ़ पाए अगर चाहे तो। या राम लला के नाम पर सत्ता पाने वाले वाले पर राम को ही पीछे धकिया कर राजनीति करने वाले नेताओ के मरने पे भीड़ होनी चाहिए? तो ये बाल ठाकरे की शोकयात्रा में उमड़ी भीड़ पर जलने वाले, कुढने वाले, दूर रहने वाले जलते रहे, कुढ़ते रहे, सर नोचते रहे है।
बाल ठाकरे इन धर्म निरपेक्ष नेताओ से अच्छा नेता था। कम से कम उसका असली चेहरा सामने था। उसने नकाब ओढ़कर राजनीति नहीं की। पीठ पीछे घात लगाकर हमला नहीं किया। जो भी किया खुल कर सामने किया। यहाँ का खाकर कठमुल्लों की तरह विदेशी ताकतों की जय नहीं करता था। धर्म निरपेक्ष बनकर बिरयानी तो नहीं काटता था उन आतंकवादियों के साथ जो निरीह लोगो को हलाक करते थें। इस का मतलब ये नहीं कि मै बाल ठाकरे की नीति या राजनीति का समर्थक हूँ। कतई नहीं। लेकिन एक ठाकरे को कोसना मै जायज़ नहीं मानता क्योकि इस हमाम में कौन नंगा नहीं? तो सिर्फ ठाकरे से घृणा क्यों? सिर्फ ठाकरे से दूरी क्यों?
रही भीड़ की बात। तो मेरी नज़रो में भीड़ का आना ख़ास महत्त्व नहीं। कल शाहरुख खान इलाहाबाद में रंडी टाइप का ठुमका लगा जाए तो उजड्ड नौजवानों की बेकाबू भीड़ लगेगी चीखने चिल्लाने? तो क्या शाहरूख खान को मै इस भीड़ प्रदर्शन के बल पर पर बहुत बड़ा अभिनेता मान लूं? या कल को कोई ईमानदार आदमी मर जाए और सौ पचास तो छोड़िये दस आदमी भी न शामिल हो तो क्या मै उस आदमी को कमीना मान लूं और इस शोकयात्रा को भी फ्लाप या हिट शो मानने की कवायद में जुट जाऊं ?
Carvind, belonged to the world of naughtiest kids. This image of innocence, a pure-hearted spirit, was always found involved in some sort of mess by his parents, who were quite a character in themselves. Naturally, Carvind was natural ally for all disturbing elements. One day, the Lord appeared in his dreams at an unusual hour and said:” My son, I want to visit earth to see how it fares in Kali Age.” “Lord I have heard that you give darshana (appear) at auspicious hours and so I am really surprised to find you at such an odd hour,” said Carvind.
Carvind had slept late in the night. “Vatsa (my dear son), what can I do! You people have given way to strange habits, which defy my system. I waited for you to sleep at proper time but you never did so,” answered the Lord. Carvind felt really embarrassed. “My son, I would come tomorrow and be visible only to you. Though you have often entered in nuisance of all sorts and defied my mode of life as mentioned in the scriptures, it’s quite pleasing to see the temple of innocence prevailing in your heart. I am glad that you find time to remember me.”
Carvind was now fully awake after being in that trance like state. He started recollecting the episodes. How beautiful Lord appeared! The one infinite blue-bodied Narayana was clothed in his “yellow garb”. In his four hands, he carried the conch, the discus, the mace and the lotus. A soft but impressive golden light environed the Lord. He soon became sad as he failed to greet Lord with folded hands and also did not bother to touch his feet.
Carvind decided to rectify his mistake. This morning he extended the duration of his pooja, performing it with greater concentration. He planned to greet Him methodically on His arrival. Carvind got involved in preparations to receive Him and the day soon gave way to evening. He went to bed soon but since he never slept that early, the sleep remained elusive. Anyway, his mind was full of excitement-something that kept sleep at safe distance from the eyes.
He woke up at 3 am. It was dark outside and others were still in deep slumber. Carvind had his bath, which created noise sufficient enough to awaken his mother from deep sleep. She saw Carvind shivering and lost her cool. “So it was not cat but you who were producing such strange sounds in the middle of the night!” “You have become the agent of problems for us” she said before marching towards her bedroom.
Carvind ignored her wrath and sat down for meditation. Today, he attained the divine state very soon. The various zones of his brain got filled with divine consciousness.” Now I have attained a perfect state of mind to receive Him” spoke Carvind to himself as he waited for the Lord’s arrival. He was becoming quite impatient. “Has the Lord forgotten his promise? By now He should have arrived.” Then under the impact of past tendencies, his mind got focused on beautiful girl, whom he had seen at magazine shop near his home.
“Dear son! Please regain your sense. It’s time to break your sahaj yoga (spontaneous attunement), “a familiar voice hit the ear drums of Carvind. The Lord was standing in front of Carvind and His smile said all! Carvind, for a while said nothing, just the way a child gets caught by the mother stealing food from the kitchen. He bent down and touched His Lotus feet, offered some flowers which he had stolen from the garden of his neighbor guarded by a dangerous Doberman, and then washed his feet with holy water, which her mother had warned not to use at all; after all, she had brought it from quite a distance.
The fragrance of His body left him spell bound, rejuvenating his dull senses. “Will Lord, tell me the name of the perfume He uses? If I get hold of this brand of perfume, it would make him instant hit amid his boring girlfriends, always complaining about his choice of clothes and perfume.”
“ Won’t we move out, little angel?” asked the Lord in pleasing voice. “Oh! Definitely Lord” said Carvind, once again found caught on the wrong foot by the Lord. They were now on the road to Sangam(Confluence of three rivers at Allahabad: the Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati). The tempo in which they were sitting was nearly chock-a-block with passengers. The record player was on and devotional songs, based on latest chart-busters echoed inside the tempo. “If I am not wrong, these songs in some way seem to be connected with me,” remarked the Lord with displeasure. “Lord, very few people in the world remember you in the ways prescribed by you in ancient times. Human beings of modern times have attained new means of attaining intimacy with you. They are no longer interested in going by your likes and dislikes.”
“My son, I find iron rods on every roof top, connected to strange Chakra (discus) like round object. What purpose do they serve? Are they some sort of safety device, which prevent you people from dangers?” “No Lord! They do not save human beings from dangers; instead, they drown them deeper into ocean of heinous crimes and problems. This is known as dish antenna, which is connected with a device called Television, watched by human beings the way Yogis fix attention on your form during meditation!”
They were now on the banks of the Ganges. The unhygienic condition that prevailed there left Lord in bitter mood. Dead bodies, bones and waste material were floating on the water. “Whom are you trying to locate?” asked Carvind. “Vatsa, in my previous incarnations I always found people meditating and performing tapas at the banks of Ganges. I am really surprised that nobody is engaged in such pious activity. Where have these people disappeared?” “Lord, they are all sleeping. They are all lost in deep sleep after having watched late night movies, and people like my father and mother, who usually work till late hours of the night, and then go to sleep, just cannot leave bed too early.”
The Lord was pleased to find a Shiva temple. They entered inside the temple and found dogs roaming there. One of them was busy in searching leftovers there; another one was comfortably sleeping over the Shivalinga. I looked at the face of Lord to notice His reaction but He seemed to be lost in some different world.
“Lord, it is not the fault of these dogs. These hungry dogs arrived here in search of food, and entered inside the temple” The compassionate Lord produced food and offered them to the hungry dogs. Carvind’s attitude towards animals had please the Lord. After performing pooja there, they moved out of the temple. In the way, they met some cows. The Lord rushed towards them. He was visibly very happy on seeing them. “Do you love cows?” asked the Lord. “Yes, since they remind me of my mother. She has cow like eyes and when she is angry I also notice same pointed thorns on her head as I come to notice in these cows.” These cows had very little fat on their bodies and most of them looked quite weak.
“Don’t you people take care of creatures? Have I not provided you enough resources and, in some cases, more than enough? In fact, the case is that you people have become greedy and do not believe in charity at all.” The cows standing there suddenly vanished. The Lord sent them to unknown destination, having grass and safe water in abundance. The Lord had suggested Carvind to take him to the needy people. They moved towards slums located close to the rail tracks. The Lord was eager to cross these tracks to reach to the other side but Carvind prevented him from doing so.
“But why?“ asked the Lord. “The signal lights are bright green and so let’s wait. Let the train pass.” He thanked Carvind for providing such valuable life-giving information. The train passed and they moved to the other side. Carvind was amazed at the simplicity of the Lord. The Lord was moved to see the bare bodies of the starving children. The labourers living there were getting ready to leave in search of work. It was a noisy scene. The pungent smell of garbage, scattered around us, entered inside our nostrils, which forced us to leave the spot.
The Lord seemed to be lost in some thoughts after witnessing such a scene. “Lord, that‘s the condition which prevails in the whole nation. The wealth has been distributed in an unequal manner. The rich people have got everything; the poor people have been left at the mercy of fate. The poor person always finds himself in all sorts of troubles. Lord, you sound right that greed is cause of sufferings. “Is nobody working for the cause of poor people?” inquired Lord. “Lord, nobody is working sincerely for their cause. Some organizations, which in the beginning worked in whole-hearted manner, became political in their approach, and thus, deviated away from the cause of the poor people.
They had now arrived near a school. God wished to see the activities inside the school. Unfortunately, it was a government-run school. The teachers were nowhere in sight. The blackboard was barren like a dead river. Some senior students were busy in discussion revolving around good and bad points of latest movies running in the theaters of city. The junior ones were seriously trying to make their paper aircraft attain the maximum height, and also attain the perfect aerial route! Some girls have already opened their Tiffin boxes and were in great hurry to finish the lunch! We found one section of boys getting ready for cricket match and so heated discussion regarding the format of the match was in full flow.
They had moved out of the school and now walking on the road in leisurely way. They came to anticipate a large gathering of people and they turned towards it. It was a meeting organized by the rationalists to create awareness in society and motivate people to develop scientific spirit. The chief speaker asked loudly, “Has anyone of us seen God? No. Then why do we believe in His existence? My friend, you people should not waste time in adoring abstractions by strengthening faith in Lord. I request you all to be more realistic by giving way to scientific explanations.”
For a while they listened to him with great attention but they soon gave way to peals of derisive laughter. They said enough is enough and made sure, as they moved away from that spot, that his words fail to hit their ear drums. Carvind was now feeling hungry as he had not eaten anything since morning. The sun was now shining above their heads. Carvind brought two cups of tea and some pieces of bread from nearby tea stall.
“Vatsa, I find its taste unique. I wasn’t offered this flavor during my previous arrivals on earth. I need nothing, and, therefore, I come to taste this drink, sheer out of grace, as an offering on part of little Bhakta (devotee) like you” said the Lord in a hilarious tone.
“Lord, please forgive me! I am ruled by my desires. That‘s why I dared to offer you tea. However, Lord, if tea vanished from our lives, millions of people across the globe would never get out of their beds! We have become slaves of very things we have discovered!”
They did not drink the tea even as the Lord was eager to empty the cup totally. They arrived at a juice corner and sat there on a bench in a relaxed manner. The staff at the juice corner was asked to serve the juice. The person, who was told to serve the juice, was surprised that I needed one extra glass even as I was all alone! At a close distance was a busy bus stand. Some college going girls had been waiting for the arrival of buses. Like previous days, arrived some youths and started making obscene gestures at them. There were many people present at the bus stand but they preferred to remain mute spectator. But toady something unusual happened. Some men in uniform appeared from nowhere and beat these youths black and blue. They were arrested and taken to police station. The girls and others were quite taken aback as they never found men in uniform intervening in such a timely manner. They like, filmy cops, were used to arrive only after the criminals have left the crime scene.
Carvind stared at the face of Lord and a big smile appeared on his cute face. He realized why the cops had appeared all of a sudden. “Lord, these grown up modern youths do not believe in living life based on values and principles. At next corner, you would find girls and boys consuming cigarette and beer. The cut throat competition has murdered their sensitivity.”
“ My son, every age has got its own peculiar tendencies. The cycle of good and bad actions never stops and as it rotates, it unleashes various effects. You are an enlightened soul, Carvind! You must be aware that Gunas(attributes) constitute character of a human being. When Sattva increases, it brings peace and knowledge. The increase in Rajas creates desires, leading to hectic activities and rise of Tamas creates ignorance, bringing pain and misery. One should always try to increase ones sattva portion in the personality. That also ensures peace and stability in the external world. The change is inevitable and so one should not worry too much about particular condition or happening.”
“Vatsa, now I wish to return back to my abode but before I disappear I would love to meet a real devotee. Carvind took him to home of man in late 40s. He had a wife and three daughters. Though he wanted to have a male child, he had only daughters. He had no source of income and yet he and his family were always found smiling. The girls went to government run school and were talented in many ways. Since the person had gone outside, Carvind and Lord were welcomed by his wife and daughters. His wife was always delighted to find Carvind at his door step and sudden visit has surprised them all. Lord had a close look the home. It lacked many articles required for sophisticated living yet the home looked complete. It had traces of bliss in the atmosphere. Meanwhile, his wife told Carvind that his husband is retarded in terms of worldly understanding. He has no idea what it means to live life in practical terms. The people around him treat him to be a fool but it appears he doesn’t feel bad about it. Meanwhile his youngest daughter, Gauri, interrupting the monologue of her mother, sang for us a beautiful devotional song. Her amazing voice left all of us spellbound. What Carvind really liked about her was that she never said no to singing, even in front of strangers. However, she disliked film music unless it had classical base or really sweet melody. His father has now arrived and seeing Carvind became really happy.
Carvind told him that Gauri had just now sung a beautiful bhajan for us. His father seemed to be pleased but said that she was least interested in refining her voice through regular practice sessions. He stated that Lord has given him enough and though he cannot manage all, he is always in a relaxed state of mind. He never felt he is the actual doer. Lord is driving this body and he noticed that instead of me, Lord has taken better care of his family. Lord’s effort brings greater results than his own individual effort. And so whenever he has to leave home all of a sudden for a long distance journey, he leaves leaving everything on Lord’s shoulder and when he returns he finds home in lesser mess. At that point, his wife informed him that, like always, person acting as in-charge of their fields has cheated them by giving less share of the produce! He received the news with smile. At that point, Carvind and Lord left his room after seeking permission from his family. However, before leaving, this man didn’t forget to compliment Carvind about his eyes and smile and told him that today he found him unusually attractive! “My mother called me this morning son of monkey,” said Carvind. Hearing that not even Lord could prevent himself from giving way to loud laughter! Others were naturally in grip of incredulous laughter.
“Before leaving do teach fitting lesson to my mother. No time for me and not even for herself. She all the time works and just works. And my father! He is like you in a sense that he is always lost in some thoughts. When he is not thinking that way, he is always writing something. They are always pretty conscious about my monkey business. Is it a crime to steal guavas from someone’s trees? If I do not steal them, they soon fall on ground and become unfit for eating. I am preventing the fruits from getting wasted and they all perceive it as a monkey business and give me a bad name.”
Lord heard the tale of Carvind with great attention. He noticed that Carvind has become extremely sad on hearing that he was about to leave. “Do not lose heart. I promise to reside in your heart forever. I would always remain one with you. I know everything, and, therefore, such visits do not mean anything to Me. I come on earth to meet extremely cute children like you-monkeys with sensibility found in cows! So promise me that you would not act as monkey with a razor not only for this world but also for your parents!”
“ I had to say something to you. You would never drop me from your memory and your heart as you come to live a life based on virtues. In nutshell, move in this world freely with an unbroken remembrance of mine” said Lord as He embraced Carvind in His divine arms.
Carvind bent down to touch his Lotus feet and soon forgot everything. Carvind regained normalcy after few hours. Carvind desperately looked for Him but in vain. Lord had returned to His abode. As he closed his eyes, Carvind, felt deep peace within his mind and heart. It was sign of His eternal presence. He had vanished to become one with Carvind!
Pic Two (Internet)
The Indian farmers are facing unprecedented problems in India- an agrarian republic in which farmers serve as lifeline. However, the nation that sees itself as a future superpower cares a damn about the issues pertaining to the farmers. They have been left at the mercy of God. Reeling under unspeakable problems, they are battling against all odds for survival. Consider the way, the government fixes low prices for their produces in times when farming has become an extremely costly affair in states like UP and Bihar, marred by severe water crisis and erratic power supply. Worse, the prices of fertilizers keep touching new heights. If that’s not enough, the government is also not much interested in having upgraded granaries, leading to tonnes of food grain to go down the drain. “Also, as per the court commissioners’ report, the wasted grain figures were around 1, 30,000 million tonnes, more than twice the government’s own estimates. The court’s commissioners said the negligence by officials was ‘genocidal’ and recommended that responsibility and accountability ought to be fixed at the highest level in central and state governments.”(The Economic Times)
Anyway, I have something more tragic to offer. It relates with land grabbing done in organized way by the MNCs. The poor farmers are unable to offer strong resistance because these MNCs enjoy the support of government and, above all, they have great resources to suppress opposition of any type. Something similar happened in this case as well. Welspun Energy Ltd. allegedly grabbed huge land, being in tandem with land mafias disguised as land brokers, for establishing a 1320 MW Thermal Power Plant at Dadri- Khurd village situated in Mirzapur District in Uttar Pradesh. In this connection, I met with social activist Rajendra Mishra, a senior scribe associated with Kaashivarta, representing the cause of these harassed farmers, forcibly deprived of their source of livelihood. He along with other prominent social activists of Mirzapur/Varanasi region including Pradeep Kumar Shukla, has left no stone unturned in ensuring justice to the dispossessed farmers. In fact, they played a great role in agitations related with Ganga Expressway project leading to Allahabad High Court order, which stayed the project, ordering state to have “complete a full environmental study and obtain permission from the central government before embarking on the construction.”
Rajendra Mishra made some startling revelations in connection with land allotment done for this power project. He stated that land mafias operating as land brokers compelled the farmers to sell lands to them at throwaway prices, which were later sold to the Welspun Energy Ltd.at a higher price. If that was not enough, the extra lands needed were acquired at gun point. In some cases, the fake cases got filed against farmers to get hold of their lands. It’s real shame that so much happened but district administration preferred to be a mute spectator. In fact, it facilitated the sale by refusing to intervene.
Incidentally, it entered in cosmetic gesture of organizing a public hearing to obtain public testimony and register the objections in this regard. However, it became one-sided show. The social activists, represented by Rajendra Mishra, and aggrieved farmers were prevented by the goons allegedly deployed at strategic points by the land brokers. They threatened and stopped them when they were on the way to attend the public hearing organized on April 07, 2012. Some of the farmers who managed to attend the public hearing were asked to keep their mouths shut by the anti-social elements present there. The social activists are also worried that if the power plant gets established it would lead to environmental imbalance of very serious nature in that region.
In fact, Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Division, Ministry of Environment and Forests, has been apprised of irregularities associated with the project. The social activists allege that project has entered in gross violation of provisions laid down in the EIA notification issued by the Ministry Of Environment And Forests on September 14, 2006. It makes “prior environmental clearance from the concerned regulatory authority” mandatory. Above all, the gestures of district administration is serious violation of human rights as farmers were not only denied the right to express their concerns but also threatened of dire consequences if they dared to pursue their case. The district administration might claim that it organized a public hearing but insiders claim that it was mere superficial gestures. For instance, no special effort was made to make concerned people living in the remote areas aware of such hearing. Thus, they were deprived of their right to register protest. Anyway, those who somehow managed to attend it were forced to remain tight-lipped.
It’s really tragic that farmers are being meted out such treatment. They are being denied to live life of dignity and are made to starve. After all, what else’s could be the fate when their lands-the source of livelihood- fall into wrong hands? Hats off to social activists like Rajendra Mishra, Pradeep Kumar Shukla, Ramagya Singh (farmer), Ramashankar Singh (Advocate) and others who have dared to challenge the administration in this regard. I am sure they would emerge as winner-the way they came to block the Ganga Expressway project by organizing huge protest rallies. It’s in the interest of justice that farmers emerge as winners. The lifeline of the nation should not succumb to negative forces. It’s time to punish those who not only snatched the land of farmers but also violated provisions aimed at protection of environment.
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मुझे ये समझने में खासी दिक्कत होती है कि हमारे जो थोड़े सुलझे हुए नेता बचे है वो क्यों ओछी और बचकानी हरकतों पे उतर आते है? ये श्रेय और प्रेय का भेद उन्हें क्यों नहीं समझ में आता जब वे गद्दी पे बैठते है? क्रिकेट के सबसे लुच्चे देशी संस्करण आईपीएल में कोलकाता नाइटराइडर्स की जीत को सरकारी जश्न समारोह में तब्दील करना कितना जरूरी था? क्या आईपीएल की हकीकत लोगो को मालूम नहीं? ललित मोदी और लेखक से राजनेता बने शशि थरूर ने अपना सब कुछ खोया इसी आईपीएल में मौजूद खतरनाक तत्त्वों के चलते जिसमे मुनाफे के गणित के खातिर हर घिनौनी हरकत हो सकती है. सही बात है आज पैसा सब कुछ है. यही खिलाडी जब राष्ट्रीय टीम में खेलते है तो हज़ार बहाने बनाते है ख़राब परफार्मेंस के लिए मगर जब कार्पोरेट जगत के मठाधीशो के लिए बोली में बिक कर इनके टीमो के लिए खेलते है तो “कोरबो लोड़बो जीतबो रे” के आलावा कुछ नहीं सूझता क्योकि कुछ तो मालिको का क्रूर दबाव रहता है और फिर पैसो का नशा तो है ही.
इसके पहले मै इस सरकारी पैसे के दुरुपयोग के बारे में कुछ कहू ये जान लेना बेहतर रहेगा कि कैसे कैसे हादसे, किन तत्त्वों से इस संस्करण का देशी संस्करण तैयार हुआ है. अभी अभी प्राप्त एक खबर के अनुसार कोलकाता नाइटराइडर्स के लिए किसी वक़्त खेले पाकिस्तानी क्रिकेटर उमर गुल के भाई के खतरनाक आतंकवादियों के संपर्क में रहने के सबूत मिले है. ये सब को पता है कि जब पूरा देश पाकिस्तानी क्रिकेटरों को आईपीएल में ना शामिल करने का पक्षधर था खंडित व्यक्तित्व के मालिक शाहरुख़ खान ने सबसे ज्यादा पाकिस्तानी रूख का पक्ष लिया था. इतना ही नहीं इनके लिए बाढ़ पीडितो के पक्ष में पाकिस्तानी चैनल के द्वारा प्रायोजित एक कार्यक्रम भी करके चले आये जबकि पूरा देश २६/११ को हुए हमलो पर अपना शोक प्रकट कर रहा था. इतना अत्यधिक प्रेम उमड़ा पाकिस्तान के लिए कि देश में व्याप्त शोक की लहर की उपेक्षा करना इन्होने जरूरी समझा. इस समारोह से सरकारी खजाने को हुए नुकसान की भरपाई कैसे होगी ये तो राम जाने पर खबर ये आई है कि शाहरुख़ करीब तीस करोड़ रुपये एक फुटबाल क्लब में लगाने वाले है. तो ये है स्पोर्ट्स का धंधे में तेज़ी से रूपांतरण और साथ में विकृत होती हमारी मानसिकता.
एक टीवी चैनल के स्टिंग ऑपरेशन के बाद आईपीएल के पांच खिलाड़ियों टी.पी सुधीन्द्र (डेक्कन चार्जर्स), मोहनिश मिश्रा (पुणे वॉरियर्स), अमित यादव (किंग्स इलेवन पंजाब), शलभ श्रीवास्तव (किंग्स इलेवन पंजाब) और प्रथमश्रेणी क्रिकेटर अभिनव बाली को स्पॉट फिक्सिंग में लिप्त पाए जाने के सबूत मिलने के बाद इन पांचो खिलाड़ियों को निलम्बित कर दिया गया है. इस मामले में अब उच्च स्तर की जांच चल रही है। अब आते है कोलकाता में हुए जश्न पर. इस भव्य जश्न में लगभग ४५ लाख रुपये के करीब खर्च हुए जिसमे करीब २५ सोने की चैन, मेडल्स इत्यादि बटे. बहुत संभव था इससें ज्यादा भी खर्च हो सकता था अगर ममता दीदी ने पश्चिम बंगाल की गरीबी का रोना ना रोया होता कि हम तो बहुत गरीब प्रदेश है सिर्फ आशीर्वाद के आलावा हम क्या दे सकते है! ये समारोह कार्य दिवस के दिन हुआ महीने के अंत में जब सभी कार्यालयों में जरूरी काम काज निबटाएं जाते है लेकिन इडेन गार्डेन पहुचने की अफरा तफरी में एक तरह का अघोषित अवकाश सा हो गया और इस तरह गरीब प्रदेश थोडा और गरीब हो चला करोडो के नुकसान के साथ. वैसे भी बंद प्रिय ये प्रदेश दो लाख करोड़ के लगभग के कर्ज अदायगी के भंवर में फंसा हुआ है. वैसे कितनी जागरूक जनता है बंगाल कि एक फालतू टूर्नामेंट के जश्न समारोह में भारी संख्या में उमड़ पड़ी. ममता बनर्जी जिनके पास एक अच्छी सोच है का बयान तो और हास्यास्पद है कि केकेआर की जीत दुनिया की जीत के बराबर है.
ममता दीदी ने ये समझने की कोशिश जरा भी नहीं कि ऐसी दोयम दर्जे की जीत कोई मायने नहीं रखती. क्या महत्व है इस तरह के आयोजन का? इसको बंगाल के लोगो की जीत के रूप में किस तरह देखा जा रहा है जबकि कैप्टन से लेकर जैक कालिस या अन्य खिलाडी जैसे मनोज तिवारी वगैरह का बंगाल से कुछ लेना देना नहीं है. ये बहुत तकलीफदेह है कि बंगाल की विजय हजारे ट्राफी में जीत जो कि वाकई बंगाल की जीत कही जा सकती थी को बिल्कुल भी सम्मान के लायक नहीं समझा गया. इसी से समझ में आ जाता है कि ये देश विकास के नाम पे किस दिशा में चला जा रहा है. इस तरह के टूर्नामेंट जो क्रिकेट के गौरवमयी इतिहास में एक भद्दा दाग है जिसमे अय्याशी, बदतमीज़ी (शाहरुख़ खान का वानखेड़े मैदान में तमाशा याद करे) आदि तत्वों का समावेश है को हम किस तरह से सरकारी आयोजन का हिस्सा बना सकते है जिसमे गरीब जनता का पैसा पानी की तरह बहाया गया?
क्रिकेट से मुझे आपत्ति नहीं. ये भी एक खेल है मगर जब खेल एक खेल ना होकर महज तमाशा बन जाए तो हर खेल प्रेमी को तकलीफ होगी. ये समझने की कोशिश करे कि अगर एक गरीब आदमी को पैसो की जरुरत पड़े तो सरकारी मशीनरी तमाम तरह के पेंच लगा देंगी और यदि दे भी दिया भूल से तो इस तरह वसूलेंगी कि ना दे पाने की स्थिति में कर्जदार बेचारा आत्महत्या कर ले. इधर देखिये बॉलीवुड के सितारे जिनमे से ज्यादातर टैक्स चोर है और माफिया से सम्बन्ध रखने वाले है उन पर पैसा बहाने के लिए सरकार के पास कितना धन है गरीबी का रोना रोने के बावजूद.
हम वाकई महान देश में रहते है. मुझे अपने मित्र रवि हूडा जी की बात बहुत सटीक जान पड़ती है:” आईपीएल बस कुछ कंपनियों के उत्पाद बेचने के लिए नंग्नता और व्याभिचार का प्रदर्शन मात्र है. आज हर सुख सुविधा का साधन होने के बावजूद भी हम मानसिक रूप से अपंग हैं. वह ही देखते हैं और करते हैं जो लालची व्यवसायी चाहते हैं. किसी गरीब कन्या के विवाह के लिए या किसी अनाथ बालक के भरण पोषण के लिए हमारी जेब से १०० रूपये नहीं निकलते परन्तु आईपीएल या फार्मूला वन की प्रथम पंक्ति में बैठने के लिए हज़ारों रूपये व्यर्थ व्यय करते हैं ! अवश्य ही हमारी युवा पीढ़ी को भटकाने और भ्रमित करने का कोई गहरा षड्यंत्र है.”
कुछ दिन पहले अपने मित्र प्रखर पाण्डेय जो ग्वालिअर में बसे एक बहुत शानदार कवि है से एक संवाद के दौरान पंकज रामेन्दू मानव जी की कुछ कवितायेँ सामने उभर कर आई. पढ़ते ही ये दो कविताये मेरे मन के बहुत अन्दर तक समा गयी. तभी सोच लिया था की इसे अपने इस वेबसाइट पर इनको जगह दूंगा ताकि ये कुछ और उर्वर दिमागों तक पहुच सके. शायद आदमी को इस कदर झकझोर कर रख देने की ताकत सिर्फ कविता में ही होती है. पंकज जी की इस अति सूक्ष्म संवेदनशीलता को सराहने के लिए शब्द कम है.
ये बताना आवश्यक है कि इसमें से पहली कविता “बचपन” जो कि एक पुरस्कृत कविता है और कवि का परिचय, जो कविता के नीचे मैंने दिया है, पहले पहल हिंदी युग्म नाम के वेबसाइट पर पर प्रकाशित हुई है. हिंदी युग्म इस वजह से विशेष साभार का अधिकारी है.
हंसता बचपन, गाता बचपन
जगता और जगाता बचपन,
धूल मिट्टी से सना हुआ
जीने के गुर सिखाता बचपन.
जोश जुनूं से भरा हुआ,
सबसे प्यार जताता बचपन।
कई और रूप हैं बचपन के
द्रवित स्वरूप हैं बचपन के
कबाड़ी बचपन, दिहाड़ी बचपन
कपड़ा सिलता बचपन, कचरा बीनता बचपन
किताब बेचता बचपन, हिसाब सीखता बचपन
हाथ फैलाता बचपन, दूत्कार खाता बचपन
पान खिलाता बचपन, चौराहे की तान सुनाता बचपन
लुटा हुआ सा बचपन, पिटा हुआ सा बचपन
दो जून की जुगाड़ में जुटा हुआ सा बचपन
बचपन रिक्शेवाला, बचपन जूतेवाला
बचपन कुल्फीवाला, बचपन होटलवाला
बचपन चने-मुरमुरेवाला, बचपन बोतलवाला
चाय बेचता बचपन, बोझा खींचता बचपन
गर्मी से लुथड़ा बचपन, सर्दी में उघड़ा बचपन
बूढ़ा बचपन बिना रीढ़ का कुबड़ा बचपन
सहमा बचपन, सिसका बचपन
पहाड़ी ज़िंदगी से बिचका बचपन
बचपन एक विवाद सा, घाव से निकले मवाद सा
बचपन एक बीमारी सा, जी जाने की लाचारी सा
बचपन थका हुआ सा, बचपन झुका हुआ सा
जीवन की पटरी पर, बचपन रुका हुआ सा
जूझता सा बचपन, टूटता सा बचपन
बिखरता सा बचपना, अखरता सा बचपन
अपने अस्तित्व को ढुंढता सा बचपन
कचरे सी ज़िंदगी में खुशिया तलाशता
हमसे कई सवाल पूछता सा बचपन ।
— पंकज रामेन्दू मानव
भूख ऐसी ही होती है
जब घुटने से सिकुड़ा पेट दबाया जाता है
जब मुँह खोल कर हवा को खाया जाता है
जब रातें, रात भर करवट लेती हैं
जब सुबह देर से होती है
जब चाँद में रोटी दिखती है
तब दिल में यह आवाज़ उठती है
भूख ऐसी ही होती है
भूख ऐसी ही होती है
जब गिद्ध मरने की राहें तकता है
जब कचरे में भी कुछ स्वादिष्ट दिखता है
जब कलम चलाने वाला बार-बार दाल-चावल लिखता है
जब एक वक़्त की खातिर जिगर का टुकड़ा बिकता है
जब रातें सूरज पर भारी होती हैं
तब दिल से एक आवाज़ होती है
भूख ऐसी ही होती है
भूख ऐसी ही होती है
जब हांडी में चम्मच घुमाने का कौशल दिखलाया जाता है
जब चूल्हे की आँच से बच्चों का दिल बहलाया जाता है
जब माँ बच्चों की कहानी सुना, फुसलाती है
जब सेहत की बातें बता ज़्यादा पानी पिलवाती है
जब रोटी की बातें ही आनंदित कर जाती हैं
तब दिल से एक हूक उठती है
भूख ऐसी ही होती है
भूख ऐसी ही होती है
जब पेट का आकार बड़ा सा लगता है
जब इंसान भगवान पर दोष मढ़ता है
जब भरी हुई थाली महबूबा लगती है
जब महबूबा सुंदर कम स्वादिष्ट ज़्यादा दिखती है
तब दिल से एक हूक उठती है
भूख ऐसी ही होती है
भूख ऐसी ही होती है
जब एक टुकड़ा ज़िंदगी पर भारी लगता है
जब तिल-तिल कर जीना लाचारी लगता है
जब बातें रास नहीं आती
जब हंसना फनकारी लगता है
जब एक निवाले पर लड़ती भौंक सुनाई देती है
तब दिल से एक हूक उठती है
भूख ऐसी ही होती है
भूख ऐसी ही होती है
– पंकज रामेन्दू मानव
कवि पंकज रामेन्दू मानवजी का परिचय:
इनका जन्म मध्य प्रदेश की राजधानी भोपाल में २९ मई १९८० को हुआ। इनको पढ़ने का शौक बचपन से है, इनके पिताजी भी कवि हैं, इसलिए साहित्यिक गतिविधयों को इनके घर में अहमियत मिलती है। लिखने का शौक स्नातक की कक्षा में आनेपर लगा या यूँ कहिए की इन्हें आभास हुआ कि ये लिख भी सकते हैं। माइक्रोबॉयलजी में परास्नातक करने के बाद P&G में कुछ दिनों तक QA मैनेज़र के रूप में काम किया, लेकिन लेखक मन वहाँ नहीं ठहरा, तो नौकरी छोड़ी और पत्रकारिता में स्नात्तकोत्तर करने के लिए माखनलाल चतुर्वेदी विश्वविद्यालय जा पहुँचे। डिग्री के दौरान ही ई टीवी न्यूज़ में रहे। एक साल बाद दिल्ली पहुँचे और यहाँ जनमत न्यूज़ चैनल में स्क्रिप्ट लेखक की हैसियत से काम करने लगे। वर्तमान में ‘फ़ाइनल कट स्टूडियोज’ में स्क्रिप्ट लेखक हैं और लघु फ़िल्में, डाक्यूमेंट्री तथा अन्य कार्यक्रमों के लिए स्क्रिप्ट लिखते हैं। कई लेख जनसत्ता, हंस, दैनिक भास्कर और भोपाल के अखबारों में प्रकाशित।
श्रोत: हिंदी युग्म
चलते चलते गुलाल का ये गीत भी सुन ले..इसके बोलो की जितनी भी प्रसंशा की जाए कम है..जिस तूफानी और जोशीले अंदाज़ में गाया गया है ये गीत उसके तो क्या कहने. पियूष मिश्र जो की इस फिल्म के गीतकार और संगीतकार भी है बधाई के पात्र है कि इन्होने भारतीय फ़िल्म संगीत के इतिहास को इतना दुर्लभ गीत दिया. और पता है इस गीत को गाया किसने है ? खुद पियूष मिश्र ने :-)…इसके बोल यहाँ पे है.